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I had decompression surgery 2 weeks ago for Chiari malformation type 1.
The first week was fine, some nausea and discomfort but mostly bearable.
The second week however I am experiencing excruciating headaches every day. Every time I cough, sneeze etc I get this surge of pain that hits me and leaves me pretty much in bed all day.
Why is this happening even though I’ve had the surgery? I didn’t think I would feel this much pain after the surgery. It feels almost like I have MORE pain than I did before. I’m finding it really hard to stay positive as I’m in constant pain.
I have taken paracetamol but it’s not working. I have tried ibruprofen which isn’t working either. My only other pain killer is codeine which I’ve been trying to avoid but I’m desperate for the pain to go away.
I understand that taking paracetamol over a long period of time can actually induce headaches too? Has anyone had this?
I’m just curious to see if anyone else has had the surgery and continued to get headaches? Is this normal? Will they go? How long will it take?
Any info/advice is greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
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